During the COVID-19 pandemic, trash and recycling pickup continues, and bulk pick up is available by request (with the exception of mattresses and boxsprings). The Citizen's Convenience Center remains open for drop off of items. If you have questions or concerns regarding garbage collection, call 311 in Cary or (919) 469-4000 outside town limits.

The Town collects garbage weekly at the curb on the same day as yard waste collection. Garbage must be placed in the Town-provided rollout carts and set to the curb each week.

Household Garbage Guidelines

  • Household garbage should be sealed in plastic bags and placed inside your Town-provided roll-out cart.
  • Do not mix yard waste with garbage, and consider recycling all accepted items in the Cary Recycles program.
  • Be sure that ashes are fully extinguished before disposing.
  • Medical waste/syringes should be properly contained in a puncture-proof plastic bottle, coffee can, etc. before placing it in your garbage cart. 

Roll-out cart(s) - Proper use and how to order additional carts.

Bulky Trash

Bulky trash such as furniture and gas grills can be collected by appointment. Request an appointment online or call  311. The fee for bulky trash pick up is $15 for the first item picked up curbside and $8 for each additional item collected during the same trip.


Refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, dryers and similar appliances can be picked up curbside for a fee; request an appointment online, or call 311. Appliances can also be dropped off at the Cary Citizen's Convenience Center for a fee of $10 per appliance or taken to the Wake County Multi-Material Facility at no charge.

Dead animals

Dead animals are accepted for disposal at the South Wake Landfill, 6300 Old Smithfield Road, Apex, so long as they are not microbiological or pathological waste. Town crews will pickup animal carcasses found in the street or on the curbside in a plastic bag; request collection or call 311.